Below is a general description of our framework, following our large group committee meeting today. Please be aware that these are subject to change based on several factors, most importantly the required metrics (number of infections in a county and test positivity rate both county and statewide).
The 1st day of school for all students (regardless of model) will be Tuesday, September 15th.
Grades 4-12 will begin in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). This is the only thing allowed by the Governor’s order and ODE directives. There are some exceptions for students with Special Needs to receive “limited” on-site instruction in grades 4-12. We are looking into the ODE definition of “limited” and we will be exploring those options.
Grades K-3 will begin with in-person instruction on an A/B schedule (either Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday). Many Lane County School Districts are beginning the year with all of their students K-12 in distance learning. In an effort to try and support our K-3 students and families, as well as provide as safe an environment as possible for our staff, we have agreed to utilize the governor’s exception for K-3 as long as metrics allow.
Starting school one week later gives staff, instead of the normal 4 days, to prepare for the school year, a full 2 weeks. This will significantly improve the CDL experience for our students, parents, and staff. It will also allow our classroom K-3 teachers time to prepare. With the work we have already begun, combined with what will occur the first two weeks staff return, we are confident we can provide an engaging and rigorous Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) model for our students. Currently, having 4th-12th grade students attend in person is NOT allowed with the Governor’s guidance.
For families in all grades K-12, an FRSD OPTIONS program will be available. This program is for families that, for example, have a medically fragile student, a high-risk household member, are waiting for a vaccine, or simply want to start the year in CDL and will not be moving back to the building when the metrics allow us to open up with more in-person instruction.
Every 4-5 weeks we will decide, based on both state and county metrics, whether or not we can begin to move 4th-12th graders into some form of on-site instruction, expand our K-3 on-site instruction, or not. A decision on whether we can make this move will be made on or before October 5th. If we can, it will begin Tuesday, October 13th. If it cannot, we will stay with the CDL model in grades 4-12, and A/B schedule in grades K-3 at least through the end of the quarter (Friday, November 13th). A decision regarding moving to in-person instruction that could occur beginning Tuesday, November 17th, will be made on or before November 9th (again, mostly determined by what is allowed based on current state and county infection metrics).
There are still MANY details around this that need to be worked out. Your FRSD staff is working around the clock to prepare for the return of our students. It is our goal to provide options for parents, stay in compliance with the requirements, and provide our families with as much in-person instruction as possible. When it is not possible, we will be working hard to ensure our CDL program is one that is as engaging as we can possibly make it, and that parents and students have the supports and technology they need to make it work for their family.
As usual, we will have our Wednesday community Q and A tomorrow at 3:30 where I will review the information above. The link for that virtual meeting is: https://meet.google.com/wro-ifnp-ans